New Bike now has pedals!

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New Bike now has pedals!

Postby Hotdog » Sun May 27, 2007 5:24 pm

Having become dissatisfied with the Fred Flinstone bicycle propulsion method I have finally put some pedals on my Giro 26 :)

I went on a shopping spree round Sydney's bike shops yesterday with the intention of buying various essential accessories such as spare tubes, a pump, some grease, a Space Grip, some magnets (I'll explain later) and most importantly, pedals. I managed to buy all these things apart from the pedals... :roll: I wasn't able to find what I really wanted, so instead I bought a bloody big pedal spanner. The Trusty Steed had previously resisted my attempts to steal her pedals but she couldn't stand up to the might of the bloody big pedal spanner and after a brief struggle gave in. Yes, I've put old pedals on a new bike and left my other bike pedalless in the process. Shameful, I know, but it's only temporary... :oops:

Anyway, now that she had pedals I was able to take New Bike out for her first ride today. As I set off I was having all sorts of trouble until I realised (thankfully after only a minute or two) that the seat position had moved and I was over extending, adjusting the seat made things much easier. I quickly discovered that the secret to low speed handling was to sit up to enable weight shift to come into play, once I started doing that starting off and maneouvering at walking pace became pretty easy aside from the need to watch out for heel strike. Anyway, I managed to make my way the short distance to Centennial Park via back streets and cycle paths and started doing circuits of the 3.7km Grand Drive. Here I discovered that New Bike was indeed comfortable, fast (on the slightly downhill sections she really took off, it felt like someone had come up behind me and started pushing) and able to impress small children ("Wow, that's awesome!", etc.) :D
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Postby europa » Sun May 27, 2007 6:16 pm

Good stuff mate. Now get out there and wear her out :D

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Postby Mulger bill » Sun May 27, 2007 9:07 pm

Top stuff Hotdog :wink:

Now to wait for a climb so we can get past :twisted:

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Postby Kalgrm » Sun May 27, 2007 9:36 pm

Hotdog, you may need to really crank those "Frankenstein bolts" to stop your seat sliding back over the next few weeks. I thought I had my seat in the right position, only to find it slipping a couple of mm a ride, especially when I was doing a bit of climbing. It didn't seem to matter how much I tightened the quick release, until I torqued up those bolts, I got slippage.

Congrats, and have fun on the new flying carpet.

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Postby Kalgrm » Sun May 27, 2007 10:03 pm

PS - Saw your post on the Bacchetta forum, but I can't post there from this bloody dinosaur of a computer. The Cookie Monster lives in my RAM and devours all the cookies .....

I sent an email directly to Bacchetta regarding the seat mesh. They replied with a CC'd email to Ian, and Ian told me he'd be getting a new mesh to me shortly when the next shipment arrives from the US (this week apparently). I suggest you also contact Ian to get your replacement reserved now.

I'm surprised the company is letting this batch of mesh be distributed, since they know they have a problem with it. It would be better for public perception to replace them all before delivering new bikes. In any case, it does not affect the way the seat works. Just have a ball and sort out the seat later.

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Postby Hotdog » Mon May 28, 2007 9:52 am

Thanks for the info Graeme, guess I should just drop an email to Ian about the mesh issue to get myself in the queue for a new one and keep an eye on it in the meantime.

Did my first commute into work on New Bike this morning, but only the short (<6km) trip from my girlfriend's place in West Ryde to Marsfield rather than the longer one from my place in Surry Hills. It seems New Bike is so aerodynamic that I don't have to pedal at all, according to my cycle computer my average cadence for the trip was 0 :shock: (not sure what happened there, the live cadence display was working fine). Still need to tweak my derailleurs a little, I managed to dump the chain off the inside of my cassette while clumsily shifting all over the place on the steepest hill (I'm not used to these strange derailluer things, haven't used them for years), but apart from that managed the climbs without undue distress and made it to work about as quickly as I do on the Trusty Steed. I was pleased to find out that my sleek and stylish yellow Radical Design Solo Aero seat back bag was (just) big enough for a set of work clothes, phone, wallet, keys and bike tool kit so no need for a rack.
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Postby rdp_au » Mon May 28, 2007 11:36 am

Glad to hear you're finally out and about. These recumbent things are lots of fun!!

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